A gentleman came into the shop asking me to solve a mystery. He and his wife used to drink what they called Queen Mary’s Darjeeling, over 25 years ago, but hadn’t been able to find it for several years. It used to be made by Twinings, but that was all he could tell me about it. Now I love a mystery, so I set to to find this elusive blend, and there’s actually quite a story behind this tea.
It was indeed Queen Mary’s favourite tea, which she kept locked away in a cupboard, and is a blend of Keemun and Darjeeling, which was launched in 1916 and only discontinued in 2007 – which explains why he is unable to find it.
The tea was described as having a muscatel flavour, with spicy undertones, so we blended our Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling with Keemun Gold, which has resulted in a lovely tea.
Origins: Margaret’s Hope Tea Gardens, Darjeeling (India) and Keemun (China)
Brewing Guide: one heaped teaspoon (roughly 5g) with 200-260ml boiling water. Brew for 2-5 minutes depending on preferred strength.